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“NHS needs to put its own house in order on supporting the health of its workforce”

NHS England is kick-starting a major drive to improve the health and wellbeing of 1.3m health service staff. CEO Simon Stevens says NHS organisations wi...

Why bother being a doctor when you can become a shiny, new Physician Associate

More gallows humour this one, than "ha, ha, that's a good one, would you belive it". Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is after a physician asso...

Privatisation: “government’s efforts to remove universal healthcare makes my blood boil”

On the surface, it appears that nothing has changed in the NHS. Patients can still see their GP or go to hospital and receive care free at the point of del...

“Juniors will not re-enter contract negotiations because what is on offer now worse than before”

On 13 August 2015, the BMA junior doctors committee decided not to re-enter negotiations with NHS Employers over a new contract for trainees. Here’s w...

An apology to the rota consultant for making your life more difficult

Senior clinicians regularly have to make difficult and unpopular decisions, none more so than the Rota Consultant. I have never been the rota consultant...

NHS Employers reaction to the BMA’s 10 reasons for not re-entering contract negotiations

The BMA "10 reasons for not re-entering negotiations" demonstrate a staggering lack of understanding of what the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) re...

If Kids Company can collapse in days, what chance do the rest of us have?

Consider this scenario if you will. Two bright cheerful primary school children kiss their mum goodbye at the school gate and run off to meet their friends...

Consultants are defending the NHS and their contract for the right reasons

How would it actually affect consultants if the NHS ceased to exist? Let’s say the funding challenges become too much and the NHS moves to a 2-tier sy...

“Government has failed to outline any concrete proposals for introducing seven-day services”

Doctors support more seven-day hospital services and have repeatedly called on the government to outline how they will fund and staff them. Despite whateve...

Dr Finlay’s take on 24/7 access to radiology – “not enough of us to do everything”

“The laird o' Cockpen, he's proud an' he's great, His mind is ta'en up wi' the  things o' the State; “ (Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairn) The scen...

#weneedtotalkaboutjeremy: the open letter driving support for a vote of no confidence in Hunt

The Government response to petition 104334 of over 200,000 signatures calling for a vote of no confidence in the Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of Stat...